Personal animation projects help animators hone their skills and learn more about themselves and their strengths. It's also one of the best practices to build a growth mindset.
Here are 10 animation project ideas you can try:
1. Get Personal With a Day in the Life Animation
An animated day-in-the-life video lets project partners have a sneak peek into who they might work with and is an avenue for you to depict your work ethics and even mention past assignments.
2. Go Back to Basics With a Hand-Drawn Flipbook Animation
Though it may seem technical since animators will have to do every frame by hand, as they do in traditional animation, those who enjoy sketching as a personal hobby may find these animation project ideas fulfilling.
3. Make an Animation Video About Your Favorite Products
Not only will it raise brand awareness for items you vouch for, but it will make a great addition to your professional portfolio, especially for freelance animators who specialize or want to make a career out of video marketing.
4. Create an Animated Voiceover Video
A voiceover is a part of a video's production that can be heard over its visuals. For practice, you could choose to voiceover an animated video essay from a past project or create an animation based on a voiceover that you find online.
5. Craft Some Holiday Animations
You could create anything, from holiday-themed GIFs or even go the extra mile and make a short movie. You could also make holiday e-card videos to give to clients.
6. Animate Your Own Podcasts
For freelance animators looking to gain more traction for their animation podcasts, you could convert a couple of podcast episodes to animated video clips to post on your social media accounts.
7. Bring Personalities to Life With an Animated Short Film
Freelance animators could practice storyboarding with short animated films and just let their creative juices flow. Additionally, animation shorts reach a broad audience, allowing freelance animators to spread their brand and gain new clients.
8. Try Something New With 3D Interior Design Animations
Though used primarily by architects and designers, these are excellent for animators looking to try something outside their comfort zones.
9. Promote a Cause With an Animated Fundraising Video
You could start by jotting down personal advocacies or local non-profit organizations that align with your beliefs. Use your animation skills for charity by making an animated fundraising video or an explainer clip to shed light on important topics.
10. Bring Live Clips and Animation Together With a Mixed Media Video
Mixed media videos are the harmonious blend of animation and live photographs and clips. Animation project ideas like this let animators try different art disciplines while also helping master the skills they already have.